Jordan Lauds Republican Earmark Moratorium
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) called today's decision by Congressional Republicans to unilaterally forgo earmark requests "an important first step in restoring fiscal responsibility back to Washington D.C."
"Congressional earmarks have become a symbol of what most Americans believe is wrong in Washington D.C.," said Jordan. "Federal spending is out-of-control, we're borrowing from our children to pay for today's overspending, and the priorities of Congress are completely out of line with the American public."
An earmark commonly refers to federal spending requested by individual Members of Congress to benefit an entity or project in their district or state. The process received increased scrutiny in recent years, revealing that some of the $15.8 billion in earmarked federal spending last year has gone to projects across the country like:
- $50 million to eradicate and prevent the spread of the Asian Long-Horned Beetle
- $2 million to the Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction
- $1,500,000 for "natural stream design"
"To get our economy back on the right track, we have to get federal spending under control. Certainly all earmarks are not bad, but we have to set priorities and make tough decisions. We have to have the guts to eliminate the "bridges to nowhere' that are a waste of taxpayer dollars," Jordan said. "The American people deserve to know that their tax dollars are being spent based on merit, not political muscle."
"The time is right to call a time-out on earmarks," Jordan concluded. "I know that in order to truly fix the system, it must be a bipartisan effort. I am proud to join my Republican colleagues in taking the first step, and I look forward to working with anyone from either party who share my passion for bringing fiscal responsibility back to this town."